Astele scitulum (Adams, 1854)
Description: Early whorls straight sided, later whorls rounded; sculptured with about 9 beaded spiral ribs on the spire whorls, the one or two above the suture being larger. Colour olive green, fawn or red-brown, sometimes with spiral ribs alternating white and brown. Umbilicus open, partly covered by the columellar callus; columella smooth, outer lip simple, aperture circular. Interior nacreous.
Size: Up to 15 mm high.
Distribution: Endemic to Australia; Cape Moreton, Qld, to Mallacoota, Vic. Beach specimens also reported from SA. Uncommon.
Habitat: Under rocks on rocky shores in the low intertidal zone, and subtidallly to 20 m.
Figs. 1,2: Balmoral Beach, Middle Harbour, NSW (C.350739)
Copyright Des Beechey 2000